Fahrudin Omerovic

UC student accused of making threat to have case presented to grand jury

Published Mar 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

The Utica College student accused of making terroristic threats that shut down the campus earlier this month will have his case presented to a grand jury for a possible indictment.

Fahrudin Omerovic, 23, of Utica, appeared in Utica City Court on Monday and waived his right to a felony hearing, according to court officials. Judge Christopher Giruzzi then forwarded the case to the county level for grand jury consideration.

Omerovic remains in county jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond. He is charged with four counts of felony making a terroristic threat. He is represented by attorney John Raspante.

Police said Omerovic made a series of violent threats between March 5 and 6 over the telephone to the county 9-1-1 Center’s non-emergency number. Police said Omerovic threatened violence at Utica College, prompting school and law enforcement officials to lockdown the Burrstone Road campus for several hours so that buildings could be searched and students and faculty could be evacuated.

Police said it is believed that Omerovic never intended to carry out his threats. Police said no weapons were found in his home.